WHO WE ARE:

A Community Committed To Excellence

WHO WE ARE:

A Community Committed To Excellence

ABOUT US

The Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, incorporated in October 1995, is an independent, non-profit community organization under IRS code section 501 ( c ) (3 ). A volunteer Board of Directors, made up of community members governs the Foundation, each bringing with them a diverse background. Twenty five percent of the funds raised are invested and placed in an Endowment fund.

OUR MISSION

To support the Peninsula School District by providing resources to encourage innovative teaching and educational practices. To advocate within our community and to pursue resources from individuals and organizations.

OUR SCHOOLS

Peninsula School District, located in Gig Harbor, Washington, comprises fifteen schools and 8,700 students. The annual growth rate is between four and five percent. Geographically, it is located across Puget Sound from the Seattle/Tacoma area and covers a 120 square-mile area on two peninsulas. The Peninsula School District is considered one of the strongest and most innovative districts in the State of Washington.

MEET THE PSEF TEAM

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Jud Morris
Jud Morris

Board Member

Jud has lived in Washington for over thirty years and in Gig Harbor since 2004. Jud has a Masters in Social Work and has been involved in social work services for over forty years. Jud has worked for the Children’s Home Society of Washington since 2001. Jud joined the PSEF Board in 2012.

Chuck West
Chuck West

Board Member

Chuck West is a Peninsula School District Graduate and currently works as a Battalion Chief with Key Peninsula Fire Department. Chuck loves the small town feel of the community and also serves as President of the KP Community Council and President of the Key Free Clinic Board of directors. He likes world travel, walks in the woods, dark beer and old cars.

Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas

Treasurer

Mark earned degrees from Western Washington and Central Washington Universities. He has volunteered for many organizations including the Pierce College Foundation, the Tacoma Actors Guild and the Point Defiance Zoological Society. Mark has a daughter in the Peninsula School District and he can be found these days playing music with local musicians on the weekends.

Maria Lanier
Maria Lanier

Board Member

Maria joined the PSEF in 2005 and has held a variety of positions over the years. She grew up in Florida and received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and earned a Master’s from Auburn University. She has lived all over the United States as a military spouse. In addition to her volunteer work with the PSEF, Maria works at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma as an events coordinator. Both her children are graduates from the Peninsula school district.

Hugh McMillan
Hugh McMillan

Board Member

Hugh retired after 26-plus years of service as a CIA Operations Officer. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of California, the University of Washington and Goergetown University. He and his wife traveled extensively around the world during his time with the CIA. Hugh retired to the Key Peninsula but didn’t slow down and now volunteers for too many local organizations to name here. Hugh is also a long time photo journalist for the Peninsula Gateway newspaper.

Barb Trotter
Barb Trotter

Co-President

Barb has lived on the Key Peninsula for 35 years and has three grown children. Barb is a former school board member for PSD and a member of the Key Peninsula Community Council. She and her husband are currently retired, and she now spends her time volunteering for several community organizations and traveling, especially to Mexico.

Claudia Thompson
Claudia Thompson

Secretary

Claudia Thompson attended Blue Mountain Community College, Portland State University and the University of Oregon to complete majors in Music Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She taught music then later retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching from Peninsula School District. PSEF is an opportunity to give back to classrooms and teachers that she has always focused on. Claudia spends time traveling and especially working in and loving her garden.

Patricia Scott
Patricia Scott

Co-President

Patricia has spent her life living, learning and traveling throughout the world. For over forty years she has been an educator, teacher, counselor and administrator for secondary and college programs. Today she is happily enjoying an active retired life, loving grandkids, traveling, volunteering and generally messing around in Home.

Marcia Harris
Marcia Harris

Honorary Board Member

Marcia Harris retired in 2012 after 37 years as a public school administrator in Washington. Eleven of those years were served in the Peninsula School District. She is one of the founders of the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation and now serves as an Honorary Member of the board of directors. Marcia is a member of the board of Directors of the Peninsula School District and lives with her husband on the Key Peninsula.

Scot Fleshman
Scot Fleshman

Board Member

Scot enjoys promoting community health through volunteering, community involvement and promotion of education. He is board certified as an ARNP, FNP and owns and operates Rainier Family Medicine in Gig Harbor. He attended Pacific Lutheran university prior to pursuing postgraduate studies at Vanderbilt University.

Jennifer Butler
Jennifer Butler

Board Member

Jennifer Butler was born and raised in Southern California, but after a decade in the Pacific Northwest, she has developed a love of grey skies and tall evergreens. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and served as an officer in the US Navy before becoming an architect. Jennifer enjoys breakfast sandwiches, good conversation and exploring the trails and waterways of Puget Sound with her husband and two daughters.

Daniel Gregory
Daniel Gregory

Ex-Officio Board Member

Dan Gregory is an Assistant Superintendent in the Peninsula School District. He has provided feedback to the PSEF Board for several years and was officially brought onto the Board in the summer of 2018 as an Ex-Officio member. Dan earned a Bachelors degree in Business and Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound. He later returned to school to earn his principal credentials from the University of Puget Sound and his superintendent credentials from Seattle Pacific University. Dan's wife is an Instructional Coach for Tacoma Public Schools and he has three children: a UW Husky, an Eastern WA Eagle, and a Kopachuck Coyote.